First Lady of Niger Visits Georgetown Lombardi

May 23, 2012

From left: Tesha Coleman; First Lady Malika Issoufou Mahamadou, MD; her interpreter; Howard Federoff, MD, PhD; Bridget Oppong, MD; and Claudine Isaacs, MD.

The First Lady of the Republic of Niger, Malika Issoufou Mahamadou, MD, met with researchers and clinicians when she toured Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center as part of her ongoing quest to improve the lives of women and children in her country.

Dr. Mahamadou, who expressed a particular interest in breast and cervical cancer screening and prevention issues, toured Georgetown Lombardi and met with several senior leaders, researchers and clinicians during her afternoon visit on May 11, 2012.

Nigerien Ambassador Maman Sidikou, along with the Minister of Population and Family and the President’s Adviser on Gender, accompanied the First Lady during her visit. Dr. Mahamadou recently started the Tattali-Iyali Foundation in Niger, which focuses on the health of women, children and the disabled.

A developing country, Niger is consistently ranked among the lowest on the United Nations' Human Develoment Index (HDI). In 2011 it was ranked 186th out of 187 countries.

During her visit, the First Lady met with: Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD, executive vice president for health sciences at Georgetown University Medical Center; Louis M. Weiner, MD, director of Georgetown Lombardi; Claudine Isaacs, MD, head of the breast cancer program; Shawna Willey, MD, director of the Betty Lou Orisman Breast Health Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; Bridget Oppong, MD, assistant medical director of Georgetown Lombardi's Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC); and Tesha Coleman, interim executive director of CBCC.


The First Lady and her interpreter with Georgetown Lombardi Director Louis M. Weiner, MD.